MEGAWomen was founded in the early 1990's by MechE PhD student Jeanne Sullivan and a few other MechE women graduate students during a time when the Mechanical Engineering department had very few women. Jeanne entered the SM program coming from CMU in 1988. She earned the SM degree in 1990 and the PHD degree in 1994. Jeanne spearheaded this effort stating that the
Women in MechE had a unique challenge in the world of Mechanical Engineering both as students and as professionals...
Thus began the life of MEGAWomen in MechE.